The first thing that came to my mind when I thought of Calcutta was Mother Teresa so I started the day by heading out towards the Mother House.
A small museum area illustrates Mothers Teresa’s inspiring life and you can peak into her simple room on the first floor where she slept and worked from 1953 to 1997. The Mother House is simple but the energy was strong. Sitting there I was suddenly overwhelmed by so much emotion. It was unexpected and humbing.
I then hoped on a bus and made it inside the Victoria Memorial, dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria, right before it started to pour. There was a cool photo exhibition on “Satyajit Ray: The Many Moods of a Maestro” inside. The gardens seemed nice too but the weather did not allow to stroll around.
I walked a bit then waved to a tuktuk to take me to New Market, also known as Hogg Market. Fabric, arts & crafts, balloons, jewelry, fruits, meat/animals… there was everything you can think of in there!
I had scribbled the name of Nizam restaurant known for their Ka Guldasta rolls but soon realized there was no way I was ever going to found it. I should have been a bit more specific…
So I walked around, looking for another place that looked good, getting lost in the market… Until I looked up at some point I found Nizam’s place. I LOVE when that happens 🙂
With my stomach full I tried the metro and headed towards the Howrah Bridge and the colorful flower market. Since I was in that part of town, I strolled around the Howrah train station, the one where Saroo ends up in the beautiful LION movie!
I wanted to take a boat to Belur Math temple but the day was coming to an end and it looked like it was going to rain again so I walked back to the hotel through the back roads tasting as much street food as I could.
… and that was the end of my first day in India 🙂